Melania Trump gave her first solo interview since her husband, Donald Trump, became a presidential candidate. The former model sat down with MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski earlier today to discuss the campaign.
The wife of the GOP front-runner talked about her childhood in Slovenia and her journey to America with Brzezinski. Before being enticed to become a model and move to New York City, Melania was studying design and architecture in college. In addition to her native Slovene, she also fluently speaks English, German, Italian, and French.
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Melania Trump told Mika Brzezinski that Donald Trump's critics, who have called him a racist, "demagogue," or a "vulgarian," are wrong, the Daily Mail reports.
The Morning Joe co-host traveled to Donald Trump's NYC penthouse to do the interview without her on-air partner, Joe Scarborough.
"We have thick skin, and we know that people will judge him and people will call names," Melania added. "They don't give him enough credit. From June that he announced, they don't give him enough credit."
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Mika asked the 45-year-old legal immigrant how she felt about her husband's proposed temporary ban on foreign Muslims and his plan to deport all illegal immigrants in the United States. Melania quickly noted that she followed the law when she came to the United States.
"I never thought to stay here without papers. I had a visa, I traveled every few months back to the country to Slovenia to stamp the visa. I came back, I applied for the green card, I applied for the citizenship later on after many years of green card," Mrs. Trump said. "So I went by system, I went by the law. And you should do that, you should not just say let me stay here and whatever happens, happens."Melania appeared to completely support the Muslim temporary travel ban Donald has stood by amid backlash from the left and even among Republicans. She said that the man poised to win the GOP nomination only wants to keep America safe. She added that in order to protect the United States, "we need to screen who's coming here."
Here's an excerpt from the Melania Trump Mika Brzezinski interview.
"He wants to protect people of America so we have a country and keep the country safe. That's very important to him. I don't feel he insulted the Mexicans [referencing building a border wall] he said illegal immigrants. He didn't talk about everybody. He talked about illegal immigrants. He opened a conversation that nobody did. And after a few weeks, like two weeks giving him a hard time and bashing him in the media, they turned around."
Melania added that eventually many decided that Donald was right and knew what he was "talking about." Mrs. Trump noted that our world is an extremely dangerous place, and there are people whose actions cannot be predicted.
After the Morning Joe co-host finished questioning her guest about illegal immigration and the temporary Muslim ban, the interview turned to the topic of women.
Melania answered questions about how female staffers were treated in her husband's company. She told Mika that women were treated the same as men. She also said that in his life Donald treats women the same as men.
"He will tell you what's in his heart, what he thinks. He will not hold it back if you're a woman. you're human, a woman or a man, it's no different," Mrs. Trump added.
When asked if his sometimes vulgar tone is bothersome, Melania said that she and her husband do not always agree. She added that she is an avid follower of the news and talks with Donald multiple times per day when she is at home and not on the campaign trail. She has spent the bulk of her time off the trail, parenting the couple's 9-year-old son, Barron. When she does go out of town to join in the presidential race, her mother watches their son.
The front-runner's wife said it was Donald's "amazing mind" that first attracted her to him and noted they are each their "own person" and neither wants to change the other.
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